DID you know Leeton is now home to people from at least 30 different countries?
With this in mind, a new orgnisation – the Leeton Multicultural Group – has been formed.
“This is a new situation for Leeton, never before has the community had residents from so many different nationalities,” said the group’s publicity officer Sue Gavel.
“Last year, a group of (residents), led by group co-ordinator Susie Rowe and refugee assistance advocate Paul Maytom participated in a new initiative where tutors were trained by Mrs Rowe as part of (an) English program.
“Once trained, the volunteer tutors were then equipped with the skills which allowed them to spend time for a couple of hours each week working with these new residents.
“Needless to say the ‘students’ have been pleased to have the opportunity to improve their spoken and written English, which has connected them more inclusively to the Leeton community.”
A conversation group has also been set up with the aim of bringing together women that live in Leeton from a multicultural background.
“There has been an obvious need to have a central point or agency where new Leeton multicultural residents can go for help or friendship,” Mrs Gavel said.
“Multicultural agencies from other locations also need to know who to contact in Leeton for their ‘clients’.
“So it was agreed to formalise a group (that will come under Leeton Shire Council’s banner).”
Mr Maytom was elected president of the multicultural group, Mrs Rowe secretary and Mrs Gavel as publicity officer.
“Residents are encouraged to become involved in their growing multicultural community,” Mrs Gavel said.
“This can include getting involved in one of the many programs available, supporting community events such as cultural celebrations, Refugee Week celebrations and Harmony Day or simply getting to know their culturally and linguistically diverse neighbours.
“This is a win-win situation for everyone involved.
“You will meet new people and learn from each other in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.”
New members of the group are welcome.
For more information contact Mrs Rowe on 0424 363 490.